Although the Shuttle All-in-One PC X5000TA looks like a TFT display with a chunky bezel for the speakers, it's actually a proper PC that is controlled through its 15.6in touchscreen. It's housed in a relatively sleek chassis that measures 391mm wide by 327mm high and is only 36mm thick. The fold-out stand at the rear swings up …
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Sometimes you wonder where manufacturers heads are.
"out of their technical depth"!
Poor choice of phrase there. If it were out of its depth it wouldn't play videos. Stuttering is just a lack of performance.
Anyway, it's way to expensive to get jammy finger prints all over so not good for a kitchen. If it took 12V at the back instead of 19V it might be good for cars and caravans.
Great form factor, shame about the screen
Shame there isn't another touch screen unit like this on the market. I would love to have a simple touch screen front-end for Boxee so I could listen to music or watch shows while in the kitchen.
Anyone know of another unit like this with a better screen?
eee-top & linux?
Does anyone know how this compares to the very similar EEE-top?
And how about its compatibility with Linux? Are there drivers for the touchscreen etc?
What a profound lack of imagination the reviewer has.
This is a unique device, not just another PC or laptop. It will surely find new market niches. I imagine Simon Cowell might buy one for his fridge door.
....with another £100/£150 to boost the spec, HDMI and a couple of optical/digital outs and it would be a really good living room audio/media box but as it stands....nope.
Like someone said earlier you have to wonder what on earth were they thinking when they designed this. It doesnt fulfil any role properly really.
Never seen a flat-screen iMac?
More to the point, though, I can't have been the only person to have mis-read the sub-head as "The touchscreen system your kitten's been waiting for?" - now THAT would be a unique device.
Our Kitchen PC
I've set-up a PC in the Kitchen, for the wife & it's an HP 24" 'TouchSmart'. It, too, comes with Vista - but HP indicates that the touchscreen interface will NOT work, if you switch it to XP Pro (like the rest of my mini-network). I certainly don't know for a fact what the technical reasons could be for being forced to use Vista (Home Premium) on this system - but whatever those reasons may be; might also be the same reasons the Shuttle X5000 'All-in-One' is also saddled with Vista. And Yes, it _IS_ in the Kitchen, so she can stream TV, listen to music, google a recipe & check her email. Her PC in her 'Unicorn' room (Hey... she Loves Dragons & Unicorns - what can I say?) is too removed from the Kitchen to be useful for this type of use. Just an 'FYI'. -Tony T.
Prolly do quite nicely for a project we have putting touchscreen kiosks into museums.
Why not XP?
Just a thought, but I think the only version of XP that would support a touchscreen is Tablet Edition? Since MS are getting restrictive as to what you can now pre-install XP on, it may be that Shuttle are only able to sell it with Vista?